Public Art to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” 

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” 1956

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Making the park worthy of his name

The Arts Center is contracted with City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation to coordinate selection processes to add permanent public art that are important enhancements at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (MLK Park).

MLK Park is a beautiful 29-acre community park that is undergoing a multi-million dollar major park improvement. Public art in the park will help create a welcoming place for all people that ignites social change, complementing a park design inspired by Dr. King’s philosophies of inclusion and equality. For more about MLK Park, click here.

An open process was used to form an Art Selection Committee of art professionals and community members to choose artists or artist teams to create artwork for the park that reflects the spirit, values, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community.

Selected Art Sites and Process

Public art and design elements will be utilized at multiple locations in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Selection criteria were developed through an Interpretive Design Plan embodying voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and visioning done by the MLK Park Ambassadors. Separate RFQs will be published for the following sites: (1) Entry Plaza, (2) The Commons, and (3) Art Mural Wall. Each will have separate budgets and review processes with the MLK Art Selection Committee. The Art Selection Committee intends to select a different artist or artist team for each location.

Open Calls to Artists: Requests for Qualifications

Dr. Martin Luther King Park Entry Plaza

Entry Plaza

Budget: Not to Exceed $300,000
Deadline to Apply: February 20, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Commons


Budget: Not to Exceed $150,000
Deadline to Apply: March 6, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Sports Courts

Art Mural Wall

To be Scheduled